Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reverb10- Day 14

December 14 – Appreciate What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein) Family. Without a doubt. In 2009, we moved within 25 minutes of our parents and my sister. Its actually just a 15 minute drive to my sister's house which is awesome. Being able to make a quick drive to be around our families has meant to the world to me. I realize how lucky I am to have such an incredible family, including my husband's family. We both feel so at home around our in-laws and I feel like we are perfect match for each other in so many ways. Some people aren't so lucky and have strained relationships with their parents, siblings and in-laws but I give thanks everyday for the loving, caring, supportive nature of our families. I express my gratitude by being there whenever we can. To celebrate, to mourn, to cry, to comfort. That is what family is all about. I try not to say no when I'm needed and I appreciate any help that we are offered. Two weeks ago, the brakes on my car were in bad shape. When I pressed on the brake pedal, it sounded like I was dragging pots and pans behind me. It was awful and I felt so unsafe driving my car. I had to get them fixed fast. I made some calls and got some quotes that made my eyes bug out of my head. I called my husband (who can change brake pads with ease) but he is working long days and can't do it. So my father-in-law called and said he could take care of it. But that night, I wouldn't be getting home until 5:30 and the last thing I wanted to do was make that (short, I know) drive down to his house and wait for an hour to get the job done. I was exhausted and just wanted to be home. So he threw out several options, none of which would work for me. He said he would fix my car the next day and drive me to work. No go, I need my car for my job. He kept trying to offer up his services but it just wasn't going to happen. He told me that it would cost an arm and a leg at a pro shop but that was my only option and I think he was a bit upset that I turned down his help. But you know what, how awesome is that? He was upset because he couldn't help me. He wanted so much to solve my problem but when it didn't work out, he was upset. We are so lucky.

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